Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Duration: 13 Days
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Style: Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle
  • Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Trekkers Hut

The legendary Annapurna region is the most diverse and popular trekking area in Nepal. From the full three-week Annapurna Circuit, which stretches into the historic Mustang region to short three-day treks, there's a trek suitable for everyone here.Comparable to the Everest region, another very popular trekking destination is the area around the Annapurna massif.Commonly heard names are the "Around Annapurna Trek" or the "Annapurna Circuit" and based on sheer numbers of trekkers visiting the region, this is certainly the most popular.As the name suggests, the centre piece of this part of Nepal is the range of mountains that includes Annapurna I, the first of the 8,000 m peaks to be climbed. Also included in this region is another 8,000 m giant, Dhaulagiri, which is located west of Annapurna I.Between these two mountains lies the valley of the Kali-Gandaki River, the deepest gorge in the world. Views of lush, fertile farmland and undisturbed natural forest, snow covered mountains, and encounters with a mixture of many ethnic communities, all add up to a diverse range of experiences that make this area one of the most satisfying trekking destinations in Nepal. The fact that the Annapurna chain of mountains lies inland causes a large chunk of land to fall in the rain shadow area.Hence these parts are considerably drier than the southern slopes of the mountains. This leads to unusually diverse landscapes and the possibility of trekking during the monsoon.

 

Day to Day Itinerary

Upon arrival, you will be picked up by one of our representatives from the Tribhuvan International Airport. You will be escorted to the hotel in a private bus/van. The rest of the day is free for resting and. In the evening, you will be meeting with your guide and have a traditional welcome dinner.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1350m

We will wake up early in the morning and have our breakfast. After that, we will go on a guided sightseeing tour where we will see the famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will visit the sacred Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhu, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Later in the evening, we will prepare for our trek and do the last-minute shopping if needed.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1350m

 After having breakfast early in the morning, we will head out for Pokhara which will be 8 hours drive from Kathmandu. Upon reaching Pokhara, you will be transferred to the hotel and sightseeing around Pokhara for the rest of the day. O/N stay in the hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Pokhara
  • Altitude: 820m

We will be starting our trek from Nayapul after 1-hour drive from Pokhara. From Nayapul, the trail continues through the north bank of Bhurungdi Khola. From there, it climbs steadily along the side of the valley to Hille and reaches Tikhedhunga at 1577m. O/N stay in Lodge.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Tikhedhunga
  • Altitude: 1577m

Leaving Tikhedhunga, we will begin our journey with a steep climb to Ulleri. Ulleri is a Magar village at an altitude of 2070m. The trail then continues to ascend through the forest of oak and rhododendron. Then we trek towards Gorephani at 2900m and stay overnight in the lodge.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Ghorepani
  • Altitude: 2855m

Very early in the morning, we start trekking to Poonhill, a brilliant mountain range spectacle vantage point that provides an unobstructed view of the sunrise over the high Himalayas. After spending 1 hour we return to Ghorepani and have breakfast. Then, we climb along the ridges through pine and rhododendron forests, towards Deurali and descend to Banthanti turning off to Tadapani. O/N stay on the lodge.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Tadapani
  • Altitude: 2590m

The trail descends from Tadapani through the rhododendron forest to Chiule. A maze of small paths leads down through the terraced fields to a big suspension bridge over the Kimrong Khola. The trail climbs past the village of Klisigo Chiukle. After a series of the waterfall, the trail continues along the terraces to join Chomrong route. We will head to Chomrong and stay the night there.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Chomrung
  • Altitude: 2170m

After a steep descend from Chomrong followed by a demanding climb to Sinuwa we continue our journey through the forests passing small villages of Bamboo and Doban till we reach Himalayan Hotel. We will rest overnight at the Himalayan Hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Himalayan Hotel
  • Altitude: 2920m

We climb further past Hinku Cave. After crossing a ravine, the trail climb along boulders, finally leaving the trees behind us. The valley broadens and the scenery becomes wilder as we approach the gates of the sanctuary. Passing between Hiunchuli and Machapuchhre, we reach Machapuchhre Base Camp (3700m) at the entrance of the great amphitheater, where we spend the night. The views and the panorama of Hiunchuli, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, and Machapuchhre are jaw-dropping.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camp
  • Place: Machapuchhre Base Camp
  • Altitude: 3700m

Today our trekking continues past the Hinko Cave, Deurali, and then Machapuchhre Base Camp, which is not a base camp as climbing Mt Machapuchhre is not permitted. The area is known as Annapurna Sanctuary since it is surrounded by mountains. Annapurna Base Camp ABC lies at an elevation of 4,130m which is 2 hours trek from Machapuchhre Base Camp. There, we will view unobstructed views of very spectacular mountain scenery. Overnight at Lodge.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camp
  • Place: Annapurna Base Camp
  • Altitude: 4130m

After a beautiful sunrise view over the Annapurnas, we will head slowly to Bamboo. The first part of the trial may be steep and slippery. Bamboo is a clean settlement before climbing to Sinuwa.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Bamboo
  • Altitude: 2310m

We follow the same trail until Chomrong. Once we have passed Khulighar, there is a sheep farm. The trail continues through rhododendron and bamboo fields. From Chomrong, the trail descends very steeply to the Jhino where we can find natural hot springs.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Jhino
  • Altitude: 1970m

Today we will trek until we reach Ghandruk with spectacular panoramas of the Himalayas. We will stay overnight in the trekkers hub with its many lodges, eateries and shops to stock up on sundry items. Take some time to visir the Ghandruk museum, a tiny exhibit in an old traditional house made of stone slabs where we can learn about the history and the local way of life.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Place: Ghandruk
  • Altitude: 1940m

As most of trail is steep downhill, we descend to our final destination ‘Birethanti’. It may take 3-4 hours to reach Birethanti from Ghandruk. Upon reaching, we will drive back to Pokhara. Overnight stay in the hotel. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Pokhara
  • Altitude: 820m

Early in the morning after having breakfast, we will be heading back to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we will head to the hotel and take a rest. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1350m

Cost Details

  • Airport pickup/drop by a private vehicle
  • Standard accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara including breakfast as per itinerary
  • Teahouse/guest house accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek as per Teahouse/guest house menu
  • All ground transportation on a private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits
  • An experienced, English-speaking government-licensed guide and assistant guide
  • Porter service
  • Staff expenses including their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag provided by Royal Himalayan Safari Tours (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Free trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map to take back with yourself
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • Medical kit
  • All government and local taxes
  • Other official expenses
  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, hot & cold drinks, phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s), and driver(s)
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the price include part.

Useful Info

Tradition & Culture in Annapurna Region

Annapurna region is resided by several ethnic groups but Gurungs, Thakalis, and Manangba are the most prominent ones. You will get to see their tradition, culture, and lifestyle. Monasteries, mani walls, prayer flags, chortens, temples can be seen everywhere. People living here are kind and big-hearted. They love to share their stories and interact with tourists so don't feel shy.

We will also visit Muktinath Temple in this trek which is sacred pilgrimage sites of Hindus. Every year thousands of devotees visit here to worship.

Accommodations

We will be staying in 5-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara. During the Annapurna Circuit Trek, we will stay in guesthouse. Guesthouse is basically a combination of hotel and lodge. The room will be small with little furniture, bed & blanket. All the accommodations are on a twin-sharing basis. On special request, single rooms can be arranged in the cities. However, single rooms might not be available all the time due to the limited service on higher elevations.

Meals & Drinking Water

In Annapurna Circuit Trek, we will enjoy authentic Nepalese food with few other cuisines like Tibetan, Indian. Meals will be served as per the menu of the teahouse. Beside that you can find bars, bread, cookies, butter tea, extra on the trail but, remember as the elevation get higher, the cost also gets high. In Kathmandu and Pokhara you will only get breakfast. There will also be welcome and farewell dinner for you.

Drinking water can be easily found everywhere. You can get hot water from the teahouse and fill in your bottle everytime it gets empty. So, do carry a reusable water bottle with yourself. We request you to not buy mineral water bottle on the way as it will help in preserving the region. Moreover, you can also carry water purifier tablets or SteriPen with yourself to purify the water.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Difficulty & Physical Fitness

As a matter of difficulty level, the trail can become pretty strenuous for a novice trekker as we need to trek around 6 to 7 hours each day. We are required to be in good shape to go on this trek. The most difficult part of this trek is crossing Thorong La Pass situated at 5,416 meters but, again, we will get the most splendid view of the entire trek from this pass. Anyone with a good physical fitness can go on this trek. Previous trekking or hiking experiences are not required but, if you have one then that will be beneficial.

Other than that, if you have any kind of health related issues then do consult with your doctors before booking the trip. In case of any medical history, we highly recommend you to inform us so that any future event can be tackled without having any issue.

Best Season to go on Annapurna Circuit Trek

Autumn (last September to November) and Spring (mid-March to mid-May) are the best seasons to go on Annapurna Circuit Trek. The weather will be warm and clear with spectacular views. If you want to avoid the rush time and crowds then winter (December to February) will be an ideal time to go on this trek. However, the cold weather makes trekking in this time of the season difficult for many people.

If you are botanist the summer season will be perfect for you trek in this region to explore the rare flora. Where monsoon (late May to mid- September) makes everything unclear and slippery.

 

Annapurna Circuit Trek comes into the Annapurna Conservation Area which, requires the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permit. Besides that, you also need to take special permission from the Government of Nepal, and also required to get TIMS card (TIMS cards is not needed if you have immigration permit).

Following is the list of permits for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek:

ACAP permit fee for foreigners: 2,000 NPR (Around USD 20)

ACAP entry permit fee for SAARC nationals: 200 NPR (Around USD 2)

TIMS permit: 1,000 NPR (Approx. USD 10)

TIMS entry permit fee for SAARC nationals: 600 NPR (Around USD 6)

*If you are traveling with a trekking agency they will arrange these permits for you.

* These prices exclude 13% VAT (Value Added Tax) compliance.

Why go with Royal Himalayan Safari Tours on Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Royal Himalayan Safari Tours offer one of the most extensive Annapurna Circuit Trek in the market. We take our clients as a family member, and for us, this is not only a business but, also a way to connect and know people from different part of the world. Our specially designed Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary gives you all of the Annapurna Circuit Trek experience. We assure you that, with us, you will complete this trek without having any issues, and get back to your home with lifelong memories.